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    Default Does washing under the deck dull the blades?

    The lawn mowers have the option to put a hose to the deck and clean underneath. Does that cause the blades to rust or dull them in any way. I am thinking if the grass is dry, I won't need to clean underneath the deck.

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    Default Re: Does washing under the deck dull the blades?

    In a perfect world, I would always mow dry grass. Sometimes you just have to mow when you can. I don't think it will hurt your blades or deck. JC
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    Default Re: Does washing under the deck dull the blades?

    If you can wash your deck everytime you mow come on down here and do mine. Dirt in the grass dulls your blades and rocks and debris and just plain old heat and the interface with the blade and packed grass in the deck dulls your blades. Wash it all you want just don't put her up wet. When you sharpen your blades do not round off your outer edge it will skip cut straw grass and make your windrows look like Spanky's hair cut in the "little Rascals".
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    Default Re: Does washing under the deck dull the blades?

    I read on another site that someone mows over a pile of leaves and said
    that the leaves will take the grass off the deck. Has anyone tried this?
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    Default Re: Does washing under the deck dull the blades?

    Quote Originally Posted by BIGWES
    I read on another site that someone mows over a pile of leaves and said
    that the leaves will take the grass off the deck. Has anyone tried this?
    Maybe that will work better than my wife's method..
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    Default Re: Does washing under the deck dull the blades?

    I most frequently clean my mower after each use with compressed air, both under the deck and on top. But a few times a year, I wash it good with water, then run it long enough for it to dry out good before putting it away.
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    Default Re: Does washing under the deck dull the blades?

    Bird is right on, I blow off the tractor chassis with compressed air after every mowing and clean out the spindles on top the deck. My BX belt on a 60 inch deck caught on fire one night because the dryed grass spontaneously combusted because it was packed tight from over use without cleaning the clippings away from the heat generating components. This was a real thrill seeing my wife on a BX2230 screaming for help. Always carry an ABC type extinguisher with you on an all day mowing event.
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    Default Re: Does washing under the deck dull the blades?

    Quote Originally Posted by Ob1kubota
    Bird is right on, I blow off the tractor chassis with compressed air after every mowing and clean out the spindles on top the deck. My BX belt on a 60 inch deck caught on fire one night because the dryed grass spontaneously combusted because it was packed tight from over use without cleaning the clippings away from the heat generating components. This was a real thrill seeing my wife on a BX2230 screaming for help. Always carry an ABC type extinguisher with you on an all day mowing event.
    Ob1kubota, just curious, how often do you remove the plastic shield over
    the spindles when you are cleaning your deck with compressed air? Wow since reading what you went through with the fire on the deck, I don't never
    want to park my tractor with grass all over it.
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    Default Re: Does washing under the deck dull the blades?

    Quote Originally Posted by BIGWES
    how often do you remove the plastic shield over
    the spindles
    Once. I leave them off. My Husky blew a belt at 2 hours on the brand new mower because of debris. Now it is easy to clean and I can see how much is building up on the spindles.
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    Default Re: Does washing under the deck dull the blades?

    In Florida you mow a lot of sand. The sand works like a sand blaster on mower decks. The paint is blasted off then it rust. The next time it does the same thing over and over until your deck is gone. I worked in a machine/welding shop one summer. For three months I mostly reskinned bush hog decks. When they were picked up the shop owner suggested every once in a while use a cheap spray paint to keep the underneath side painted. He said it did not need to be pretty just complete. I have a 12 year old Bush Hog brand bush hog that I have followed Ole Harvey's advice. Deck is still solid as new.
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